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The Brooklyn Nets Are NoSlam

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Dunk:

Commenta ry

By Sam

Goldrn

having

an

All-Star

season,

is

a

free

agent

New York City real estate mogul Bruce Ratner's decision to buy the New

things, kick out a thousand folks currently living in low-income housing, as their

after this

season.

Will Ratner be willing to

Jersey Nets has absolutely nothing to do

homes would be demolished. Ratner promis- shell out the dough necessary to keep

with Ratner's interest in the Nets, the NBA,

Martin in New Jersey? Will he be willing to

or professional sports in general. It DOES

es "affordable housing" will be built in its place, but there is no guarantee that the

bring

the

in the new

players necessary

to

have

have to do with Ratner's hard-on for the

tenants who would be kicked out would get

Nets

keep

pace

with

the

best

in

the

Brooklyn Atlantic Yards - a gigantic plaza

first priority once the new apartments are league? Because with so many different

of office towers on the corner of Flatbush

built. Is it really worth it to transplant a things in New York vying for your enter-

Avenue and Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn,

thousand people from their homes to build

tainment dollar -

not just sports teams,

but

which, coincidentally, is also the proposed

the new arena? Some people say, "yes." I concerts, Broadway, museums, and all the

site of the new arena that will house the Nets.

wonder if they would speak differently if

they were forced out of

their homes

other attractions New York City has to offer -

the new

if

the

Nets

aren't

competitive,

Every talking head in the New York

Secondly,

there

has been

na

will

just

be

a

mausoleum.

What

metropolitan area has been talking about

evidence that Brooklyn can supp

 

hen?

the Brooklyn Nets like they are the second

a major sports franchise of any ki

My

last

point

has

to

do

with

the

coming of the Dodgers. An NBA team, they

The largest sports franchise t

makeup

of

the

borough

in

general.

say, would bring the public spotlight on an

currently exists in Brooklyn is t

Bruce

Ratner

is

on

record

as

saying

area that would desperately need it, with a

Cyclones, a minor league franchise that

0

that Brooklyn needs

a Manhattan

skyline.

Frank Gehry - designed jewel of an arena surrounded by gigantic office towers where, it's thought, well-known businesses would set up shop, spurning economic growth into the area. It would continue an economic and cultural revitalization that has been brew- ing in Brooklyn for the past decade, with places like Williamsburg and DUMBO (Down Under The Manhattan Bridge Overpass, for those who don't know) becom- ing trendy spots for restaurants and artists. The Brooklyn Nets would now be the cherry on the top of the sundae. BULLSHIT.

sells out its games in Coney Island's 7,500-seat Keyspan Park - not close to the size of an NBA arena. Boston's FleetCenter, for instance, seats 19,600 people. Furthermore, has there been a study of whether the city, already containing one sports team (the Knicks) can support a sec- ond one? Everyone simply assumes so because the New York area has so many sports teams in its general vicinity. Everyone also assumed that Los Angeles could support two football franchises; it turned out they couldn't even support one. And, even worse, what happens if the Nets

start to stink up the joint? There has been

As a native Brooklynite, my opinion is that it absolutely does not. Brooklyn, despite its recent revitalization, is not a flashy place. It has no need for the ritz and glamour that inhabits Manhattan. It's a working-class borough, close-knit, devoid of celebrity. Instead of the icing on the cake, the Brooklyn Atlantic Yards would be like the rich new neighbor down the block that insists on showing off his new Lamborghini. Unfortunately, there really isn't any way to stop this from happening. I just wish everyone around the city didn't make it seem like this was unequivocally such a

First of all, to build this proposed monstrous plaza, the city would need to

not one quote - NOT ONE - from Ratner that

Good Thing. People see the bright lights of a

condemn the area around Flatbush and

stated his desire

new basketball arena and their eyes get

to

help

the Nets win the

Atlantic Avenues. This would, among other

NBA title. Nets forward Kenyon Martin,

blinded by the light; they fail to see the ground go out from underneath their feet.

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CBS Refuses to Air MoveOn.c

Ad Durii

On January 12, 2004, MoveOn.org announced the winner of their "Bush in 30- seconds" ad campaign. The contest asked members nationwide to submit 30-second ads criticizing the Bush administration. The winning ad, "Child's Play," depicts children working in factories, grocery stores, and hotels, criticizing the fact that the $1 trillion deficit acquired by the Bush administration will be handed down to the children of future generations. Moveon.org also rose close to $2 million to air the ad during the Super Bowl, the most watched event of the year. Yet the ad was turned down by CBS due to its controversial nature.

According to a New York Times arti- cle, CBS feels the ad violates its advocacy rules based on a long-standing tradition of not airing issue-related ads. CBS also turned down an ad from People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) under a sim- ilar justification. MoveOn.org representa- tives argue that CBS will be airing commer- cials from beer and tobacco companies, an anti-smoking ad, as well as an anti-drug ad from the Bush administration during the

Super Bowl. On their website, they point out the controversial nature of last year's ads linking drug use to support of interna- tional terrorism. A CBS spokesperson, Dana McClintock responded, "the ads are for stamping out drug abuse. If there's a reasonable, intellectual argument to be had about why drug abuse is a positive thing, I would love to know what it is." MoveOn.org is currently trying to lobby support for airing the ad by encour- aging their members to call and send letters to CBS. They hope to appeal the decision within CBS. An AdAge.com article said a 60-second version of the winning ad was aired January 20, before the President's State of the Union Address. They also bought about $300,000 worth of ad time on CNN from January 17 to January 21. MoveOn.org is becoming a political force with a membership of close to 2 mil-

lion. On

campaign, divisions of MoveOn.org, includ-

ing MoveOn.org Voter Fund and Political Action Committee (PAC), have raised mil- lions in campaign contributions. Using grassroots techniques and the Internet,

top of raising money for an ad

rg's Anti-Bush

ng Super

Bowl

By Jackie Hayes

they have raised more than $10 million towards different issues. They are consid- ered to be left leaning and have been attacked by the right as a, "channel for Leftist communication, indoctrination and mobilization." Members of the right also fear they will be able to bypass campaign finance restrictions. Despite criticism, MoveOn.org is shaping current politics. An article in Ars Technica states, "In an election year where more young voters are expected to turn out, the 'net is heating up as a sincere battle ground for politicians." It has also been hailed for bringing politics to the people. According to an article in the Village Voice, "The overwhelming response illustrates how the Internet and low-cost technology are chipping away at barriers to political participation." If you would like to see "Child's Play," the ad rejected by CBS, or would like to learn more about MoveOn, log on at www.MoveOn.org.

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For Stony

Brook

;This Mean

By Jackie Hayes

Following a two-year investigation,

a

stockholder-approved executive owner- Associates Transaction Lab. Sanjay Kumar,

Computer Associates (CA) received a

ship

plan

when

they

issued

9.5

million

current Chairman and CEO of CA, delivered

"Wells Notice" by the Securities and

more

shares

than

allowed."

 

a speech to SB students in November 2003

Exchange Commission (SEC) on Monday,

An

article

appearing

in

the January

at the CEWIT: Business Without Boundaries

January 12, meaning that CA could face

23rd

issue

of the

New

 

York

Times

details

Conference. CA is listed as one of the busi-

civil charges for their accounting practices

CA's

previous

senior

vice

president

for

during the fiscal year ending in March

fin

ance,

L lo yd

S ilverstein

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T

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ness partners on Harriman Alliances' web -

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page

for giving inform ation

2000. According to an article in the Herald

testimony to the United States

 

systems

and

software

devel-

Tribune, SEC has recommended charging the

District Court in Brooklyn.

opment

support.

company with inflating revenue by recog- nizing returns on about 95 software con- tracts, amounting to $1 billion, before they

Silverstein admitted lying to investigators in order to cover up accounting practices. He

Sponsorships, donations, business, and technical sup- port make up the majority of

were signed. Due to Computer Associates' intimate relationship with Stony Brook

stated that orders to lie came from several top executives

CA's close to eight-year rela- tionship with Stony Brook.

University, many wonder what the current

but did not give their names.

Shirley

Strum

Kenny has

investigation will mean for the campus. Charles B. Wang, prior Chairman and CEO of Computer Associates, is proba- bly one of the most notable figures on Stony

Those unnamed top executives could include members of the Board of Directors, including Shirley Strum Kenny, or

been complimented for her "initiatives to build bridges between the academic and business communities." On

Brook's campus, mainly due to his $25 mil-

Charles B. Wang, Chairman top of being a board member

lion donation in 1996 for the construction

and CEO of CA at the time. SEC has not

for CA,

she

was also on the Board

of

of the Wang Center. Shirley Strum Kenny hailed the donation as "among the most gen-

specified whether they would pursue crim- Directors for Toys R Us, the Chase inal charges with any current or prior CA Manhattan Metropolitan Advisory Board,

in the history of this nation." Yet, in

2000, Charles Wang resigned as CEO of CA

and was replaced by Sanjay Kumar. His sudden resignation may have been due to

erous

the start of the SEC investigation, coupled with a lawsuit brought by stockholders in

1999.

The 1999 lawsuit was filed against seven CA directors, including Shirley Strum Kenny, and charged them with awarding large amounts of stock to three of CA's top executives, including Charles Wang. The stock was valued at over $550 million and was awarded during the fiscal year currently under investigation. Martin P. Unger, one of the stockholders who filed suit, commented in PR Newswire that Computer Associates "ignored the terms of

executives. Lloyd Silverstein faces a poten- Goodwill Industries of Greater New York,

the Long Island Association, and the

to $250,000 for obstruction of justice. Institute for Student Achievement. Yet her

ties with big business may reflect poorly on

prior CA CEO of iCAN SP, also resigned in the University especially in light of the CA

early January, shortly after CA received scandal.

tial five-year jail sentence and a fine of up

Nanci Li, Charles Wang's wife and

unavail-

Ira Zar, were forced to resign in 2002 due to

the current investigation. Shirley Strum will be available in the near future. It does

not seem likely that any top executives will

after being a member for about eight years. face criminal charges. Yet Stony Brook's

close relationship with Computer

also made large monetary donations to Associates, including large monetary dona-

Stony Brook's campus, including the spon- tions, raises the question of whether ille-

sorship of the Stony Brook Software

gitimate money was used to finance pro-

Incubator, WINGS (Wireless Networking grams and construction on campus, includ-

the

able for comment this week, but hopefully

SEC notice.

Three executives,

including

Shirley

Strum

Kenny

was

Kenny left the Board of Directors in 2002

Aside from the Wang Center, CA has

and Simulation) Lab, ECSL (Experimental Computer Systems Lab), and the Computer

ing the Wang Center.

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the Stony Brook Press. Let us fill you in on

some of the exciting shit we got planned. First off, as you can see, this issue is

big. REAL big.

largest

And it's not just filler, either. We've got fall

Beerfest results,

Democratic nominees for President, inter-

views with four well-known people

comic book world, articles on the Nets' move to Brooklyn, MoveOn.org versus CBS,

a response from USG's Santo Albano, and

the usual great, funny stuff you'd expect

from us. As you can also see,

we've updat-

the

Welcome

to

In

the

spring

semester

fact,

this issue is the

Press history.

on

in

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issue

in Stony

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spread

ed our look as well, complete with a new logo.

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Amberly Jane, we will now bring you Andrew Pernick's column Dog, Roebuck and Lapwing, about Wicca/Paganism, and Sam Goldman's reports on the race for President. Also, we will have our usual cov-

erage of the insanity that is I-CON, and, of course, our spring Beerfest, We'd like to take the time out to mention two organizations that have helped us out in our time of need. SBU-TV and the Commuter Students Association have been longtime supporters of The Stony Brook Press, and they have gracious- ly sponsored this issue. They have the sin- cere thanks of everyone who works here at our little paper.

The

consensus

here

at

the

Press

is

 

We

know

what

you're

wondering.

that the last fall semester's worth of issues

Why

mess

up

a

good

thing?

Well,

if you

have been some of the best in recent mem-

haven't

noticed,

2004

is

our

25th

ory, and we really want to keep that going.

Anniversary year. That's right, the little

If you want to help out, you're always wel-

paper

now all grown up, and we thought we'd put

off from the Statesman is

that broke

come at room 060 in the Union basement. For the past 25 years, we have

on a new set of clothes, metaphorically

proudly

been

The

Community

News

and

speaking. And those of you who are former

Press alumni

ning a party in October to celebrate.

should

be

ready;

we're

plan-

Features Paper, and we plan on being that

for the next 25 years too.

What

do

we

have

planned

for

the

Have a great spring semester!

future?

Well,

we're

going

to

have

some

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Come Hell or high water, two things are certain. One, The Stony Brook Press WILL be funded. Two, The Stony Brook Press will not cease in our quest to stop USG from harming

the student body any more than it already has. If we continue to allow USG to operate as

it has been, we can only expect their blatantly

unconscionable activities to run roughshod over the students of this campus; leaving USG

uncheck and unquestioned presents a clear and present danger to us all.

That said, USG's evils

did not occur in

a

vacuum. No organization could possibly per-

petrate the crimes USG has without an accom- plice. It is abundantly clear that USG is being controlled and manipulated by the administra-

tion. USG is, and has been since its inception,

a marionette and the administration, through its Executive Council, is its puppet-master. As things stand now, many deserving clubs and organizations are heing held as financial hostages, starved of the very ftunds you, the students, have set aside for them. The

EDITORIAL:

Tihem Hear You

Student Activity Fee, like its name implies, comes from the students; it should be used, for

the good of the students, to provide activities, events, and organizations for the students, not left in the idle hands of an inefficient, favoritist, bureaucratic, unproven organiza- tion.

Therefore, students of Stony Brook, we shall not desist in our efforts to report USG's

misdeeds. That said, you must answer the call and oppose USG's efforts to strip you, to rob you, of the college experience you have

already paid, and paid dearly, for. Be vocal in your opposition. Keep yourselves as informed,

and involved, as you can. The ONLY way USG will ever grant you, the students, the events, activities, and organizations you deserve is if you make your disapproval known, vote in EVERY election, and answer the call to arms; if you, the students, voice your displeasure with USG loud enough, and often enough, USG will have to listen. They will only win if you remain sile nt. Make them hear you!

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Dear members of the

Stony Brook family,

It is with great sadness that we share in the loss of one of the School of Dental Medicine's faculty, Dr. Richard J. Oringer who died suddenly in a tragic car accident as he was leaving cam- pus on Thursday.

To

understand

appreciate

the

Dr.

Oringer's

significance

of this

personal

attributes

loss,

needs to

and contributions

one

to Stony Brook. His brilliance

was coupled with a considerate

and

humble

personality.

He

was

always

the

first

to give praise

but

never

the

one

to

seek

it.

As

a

leader

of

the

Department

of

Periodontics, he dramatically transformed its tone to the highest level of academic achievement. He was an incredible asset to both

the Department and the School. He was so loved by students that he was selected as Marshall or Grand Marshall at graduation in

He was selected to be the Grand Marshall

this coming June. His tireless dedication to academic programs also resulted in the receipt of two faculty awards for teaching excellence and two yearbook dedications.

2000, 2002,

and 2003.

Dr. Richard J. Oringer received his B.S. degree summa cum laude (1988) and D.D.S. degree (1992) from Stony Brook University and certificate in Periodontology and D.M.Sc. in Oral Biology (1996) from Harvard University. Following a one year

teaching fellowship at Harvard, Dr. Oringer joined the periodon- tal faculty of the School of Dental Medicine as an Assistant

Professor in 1997 and was promoted

tenure

organizational skills, he was appointed Director of Predoctoral Periodontics in 2000. His teaching ability was recognized at the national level when he was awarded the prestigious Bud and

Linda Tarrson Fellowship in 2001 by the American Academy of Periodontology. As Program Director, he translated his innova- tive teaching methodologies into practice including an interac- tive CD Rom technology, practical outcome assessment tools, a smoking cessation program and periodontal medicine. He also

contributed to the clinical and didactic teaching components of the advanced education program in periodontics. His clinical

proficiency resulted in the achievement

to Associate Professor with

prowess and excellent

in

2003.

Because

of his teaching

of diplomate

status by

the American Board of Periodontology in 1998.

on the evaluation of rhBMP-2/abosorbable collagen sponge as a

suitable bone graft material

for

sinus

floor

augmentation.

At

the

The

project entitled "Dendritic Cells in Periodontal Health and Disease" would have availed him of the tremendous opportunity. This application received the outstanding score of 1.6 from Study Section. He was often called upon by the industrial sector to investigate the clinical significance of new therapeutic modali- ties. His publication in peer-reviewed journals was extensive.

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.

the end of 2003,

he

received

notice

of

a

K23

award

from

Not withstanding

his teaching

and research

commitments,

Dr. Oringer was active

organizations.

and

the

research activities

in

his

regional

often

was

asked

to

selected

to

of the Dutch

and

speak

be

national

on

the

his

major

periodontal

and

at

of Periodontology

He

was

clinical

speaker

2003

spring

meeting

Society

on the role

of

risk

assessment

in

periodontology.

 

His

profes-

sional

endeavors

resulted

in

his

being

elected

in

2001

to

the

Board of Directors of the Northeastern

He was

tics.

track

Society

of Periodontists.

periodon-

on

a fast

to become

a

leader in

organized

Dr. Oringer was married to Dr. Erin Riley, Assistant Dean

of Admissions and Student Affairs at the School of Dental

Medicine. They have one son, John, 4 1/2 months of age. They

service will take place

in the Student Activity Center's (SAC) Auditorium on Tuesday,

February 3, 2004 at 2:00pm. A reception will follow in Ballroom A.

live in East Setauket. A campus memorial

We encourage

those of you who

might wish to share recol-

the

following web site: http://www.pbase.com/dentite/richard this

site contains photographs

personal contribution. We plan to assemble the contributed

materials in a printed volume for Dr. Erin Riley to John Riley Oringer.

with

lections,

anecdotes

and

other

of

memorial

Dr.

Oringer

statements

and

a

to

visit

for

share

place

your

In

lieu

SBF/Richard

College

Fund,

of flowers,

contributions

Oringer

Scholarship

Fund,

can

to

SBF/The John Oringer

be

made

payable

or the American

Heart

Association

and sent to:

Always driven to excel, Dr. Oringer committed his time

and efforts to further hone his research skills which resulted in an impressive portfolio of research activities. He was the

Principal Investigator of two major randomized

cal trials on a minocycline periodontal therapeutic system and

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It's 2004, kids, you know what that means? This November, you will all get a chance to vote for the new President of the United States. Of course, you can also vote for the current President, as well. It's all up to you. You have the power. Rock the vote. But seriously folks, cliches aside, every November, you get a chance to exercise a right that was fought for over 200 years

ago - the right to be able

let's just flash back to four years ago, where we had the tightest presidential race of all time. So, if you haven't yet registered, go

register (NYPIRG's always happy to help with that), and if you are registered, take 5 minutes from your busy day next November and push a couple of buttons and pull a couple of levers. That's all it takes. And, in case you haven't been paying attention to politics, here's a little stat sheet on all the Democrats running for their

to decide who

leads your country

for

the next four years.

And

if

you

don't think that your vote matters,

party's presidential

nomination,

As of

Tuesday,

January

compiled

from a variety of news

20,

the

time of the

writing of this

sources,

article, there

so you

really

have no excuse. candidates. 'Here

are seven

they

are:

SOURCES: FoxNews.com,

MSNBC.com,

and WashingtonPost.com

Mldouown

sen. JOHN KERRY

lometown: Boston, Mass. 3orn: December 11, 1943 in Denver, CO Education: Yale U., B.A. 1966; Boston ,ollege, J.D. 1976 0olitical Experience: Lieutenant 3overnor, 1983-85; U.S. Senate, 1985- >resent

ohn Kerry isa decorated war veteran

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is often said to be an idealist, with grand plans for the country. He surpris- ingly won the Iowa caucus when many said his candidacy was on the rocks.

far, the most qualified candidate among the Democrats to be President.

First priority: Health care reform.

On Abortion: Believes the Constitution protects a woman's right to choose. Announced he will appoint only pro-choice judges to the Supreme Court.

Oh AffirmativeActior:'Supports

concept of quotas.

.

affirmative action. Does not support the

On The Economy: Vows to restore 3 million jobs lost under George Bush. Has proposed creating jobs through a new manufacturing jobs credit, by .

investing in new energy industries, by restoring technology and by stopping

layoffs in education.

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On Education: Opposes vouchers. Would expand early childhood programs. Seek to help students pay for college with new College Opportunity Tax

Credit on the filrt $4,000 paid in tuition for each year

f college, and aa

Service for College Program that would fully fund four years bf college in exchange for a 2-year stay in a national service.

On Gay Rights: Supports partnership rights and civil unions. Opposed to gay

marriage.

On Health Care: Would propose giving tax-based incentives to employers and credits to individuals. Wants to add a strong, affordable prescription drug benefit to Medicare packages, and to allow the public to buy cheaper drugs through Canada.

On Homeland Defense: Would devote more resources to first responders and create a Community Defense Service to provide volunteer manpower in the event of an attack. He would also expand technological innovations to the war on terror.

On Iraq / War on Terror: Voted for use of force, but criticized Bush's coalition building and diplomacy. Would seek greater international involvement in Iraq and work to transfer sovereignty to the Iraqis as quickly as possible, Wants to work with Iran to deport senior Al Qaeda leadership in that country.

On Taxes: Opposes a repeal of all the Bush tax cuts. Will keep middle-class tax cuts. Supports tax credits on health care anid college tuition.

On The Environment / Energy: Supports increased investment in renewable energy and reducing our oil dependence by 2 million barrels of oil a day.

On Foreign Policy: Would restore shattered alliances and develop global security strategy on terrorism. Negotiate'with N. Korea to end their nuclear weapons programs. Says U.S. absence from Middle East peace process has risked - security.

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Sen. JOHN EDWARDS

Hometown: Raleigh, NC Born: June 10, 1953 in Seneca, SC

Education: North Carolina State U.,

B.S. 1974;

U. of North Carolina, J.D.

1977

Political Experience: U.S. Senate,

1999-present

John Edwards reminds many pundits of Bill Clinton - a young, media-savvy, smooth-talkina southerner who. remi- niscent of Clinton s famous appearance on Arsenio, declared his candi- dacy on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. His campaign strategy - a tried and true one - is to target the always-forgotten middle class. His campaign was also thought to be faltering, but a better-than-expected showing in Iowa gives him some hope.

First priority: Campaign finance reform.

On Abortion: Supports abortion rights. Opposes a partial-birth abortion ban without an exception for health of the mother.

On Affirmative Action: Supports affirmative action.

On The Economy: Supports the creation of tax incentives for companies manufacturing in America. Supports tax credits for working Americans to buy their first home.,

On Education: Supports increased investment in teachers. Would create new afterschool programs. Proposes a $3 billion "College for Everyone" plan. Opposes continuing-,fegacy admrrissions policie.s.

On Gay Rights: Opposes gay marriage. Believes the issue of civil unions should be decided by individual states. Supports partnership benefits.

On Health Care: Would offer parents increased tax breaks to cover their children. Supports the automatic enrollment in health care plans for mil- lions of children. Would seek to require parents to cover children under age 21.

On Homeland Defense: Wants to establish a new Homeland Intelligence Agency. Supports substantial increases in border security. Would provide more money for first responders.

On Iraq / War on Terror: Supported the war in Iraq. Would turn over Iraqi civilian authority to the United Nations. Would overturn the order exclud- ing countries from participating in Iraq's reconstruction. Believes we must do more to support nuclear disarmament programs. Says we need a new relationship with Saudi Arabia.

On Taxes: Opposes a repeal of all the Bush tax cuts. Will keep middle- class tax cuts. Supports tax credits on health care and college tuition.

On The Environment / Energy: Supports an increased commitment to environmental protection and energy conservation. Would promote renewable fuels.

On Foreign Policy: Would seek to stop the spread of weapons of mass destruction. Believes we need to strengthen international institutions and alliances.

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The Democrats

HOWARD DEAN

Gen. WESLEY CLARK

Hometown: Burlington, VT. Born: November 17, 1948 in East Hampton, N.Y. Education: Yale U., B.A. 1971; Albert Einstein College of Medicine, M.D. 1978 Career:

Political Experience: Vt. House, 1983- 87 (assistant minority leader, 1985-86); lieutenant governor, 1987-91; governor,

1991-2002

Howard Dean is pissed off, and he s not gonna take it any more. The for- mer Vermont governor has campaigned as the choice for those who are angry about the Bush administration s policies and especially the war in Iraq. Until the Iowa caucus, he was considered the leading candidate. He has gained points for his use of the Internet to spread the word, but has lost points for what some perceive to be a manic temper.

First priority: To shore up relations with countries who were against the war in Iraq.

On Abortion: Says a woman's right to choose is constitutionally protect- ed. Opposed the partial-birth abortion ban signed into law by President Bush.

On Affirmative Action: Called the Supreme Court's decision upholding affirmative action a victory for civil rights. Would pursue policies that encourage racial diversity on campuses.

On The Economy: Says Bush administration's economic policy is unfair

and misguided.

nation on a path toward a balanced budget.

Pledges to repeal the Bush tax cuts.

Intends to set the

On Education: Proposes increased spending for early childhood educa- tion and post-secondary education. Opposes voucher programs.

On Gay Rights: Supports civil unions. Says gay marriage is not a federal issue. Opposes the Defense of Marriage Act.

On Health Care: Proposes health coverage for every American under 25. Would seek to provide coverage for adults with incomes up to 185 per- cent of the poverty level. Would permit drug re-importation from Canada.

On Homeland Defense: Supports the establishment of a Homeland Defense Trust Fund by reversing Bush's tax cuts. Would make more resources available for first-responders. Supports increasing protection of our infrastructure and borders.

On Iraq / War on Terror: Opposed the Iraq war from the outset. Says Bush misled the American people. Wants to hand over maintenance of order in Iraq to a NATO-led coalition. Believed that Al Qaeda was a larg- er threat to the U.S. than Iraq. Says we must strengthen our military and intelligence capabilities. Says we must rebuild our global alliances and partnerships.

On Taxes: Would repeal Bush administration's tax cuts and use that money to fund healthcare, homeland security and education, and to bal- ance the budget.

On The Environment / Energy: Wants 20 percent of energy used in the U.S. to come from renewable resources by 2020. Wants tighter controls on air pollution.

On Foreign Policy: Wants to negotiate a resolution of the nuclear stand- off with North Korea. Calls for a two-state solution to Middle East con- flict.

Hometown: Little Rock, AK Born: Dec. 23, 1944 Education: West Point Military Academy, 1966; Oxford U., masters in philosophy, politics and economics,

1968

Career Highlights: Retired Four-Star General; NATO Supreme Allied Commander, 1997-2000; Director of Strategic Plans and Policy for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 1994-1996. Political Experience: None.

Retired Gen. Wesley Clark trumpets a mix of inexperience and experi-

ence -

NATO forces in Serbia, and at the same time, a political outsider who can come into D.C. and clean house. His campaign speeches and ads have been emphasizing his military resume, stating that he is the best Democrat to lead in this new age of the war on terror.

a military insider who was also decorated in Vietnam and who led

First priority: He has a five-point plan on economy, education, health care, and the environment.

On Abortion: Supports abortion rights. ban.

Opposes partial-birth abortion

On Affirmative Action: Supports affirmative action. Filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of affirmative action at the University of Michigan.

On The Economy: Would attempt to save $2.35 trillion over 10 years for deficit reduction. Has a $100 billion Job Creation Plan that allocates $20 billion as tax breaks to businesses who hire new employees.

On Education: Wants more federal funds for education. Supports chang- ing accountability measures. Would seek to expand access to pre-school and increase financial aid to college students.

On Gay Rights: Supports recognizing civil unions. Welcomed Massachusetts State Supreme Court's gay marriage decision. Wants to give same-sex couples legal rights and federal employees the right to name same-sex partners as beneficiaries.

On Health Care: Would spend $695 billion over 10 years on plan to cover 31.8 million uninsured Americans and subsidize insurance for low- income earners. Believes in placing more emphasis on preventative care

On Homeland Defense: Would create a $40 billion Homeland Security Fund, allocating more money to law enforcement agencies and local first responders to hire personnel. Would establish new safeguards at our borders.

On Iraq / War on Terror: Would never have voted for war. Wants to inter- nationalize the country's reconstruction. Believes the Coalition Provisional Authority should be replaced and that the military operation should be turned into a NATO one. Would create a U.S.-Saudi comman- do force to work the Afghan-Pakistani border. Thinks we should use our assets more wisely and repair relationships with our allies.

On Taxes: Would cancel Bush tax cuts for those earning over $200,000 and provide $2,250 tax credit per child. Has a plan to save $2.35 trillion over 10 years and provide $20 billion for tax incentives to businesses to hire new workers.

On The Environment / Energy:

clean air and clean water laws. Supports reinstatement of the Superfund

Supports vigorous enforcement of all

tax. Wants to strengthen automotive fuel efficiency standards.

On Foreign Policy: Would seek to restore America's alliances. Supports strengthening and use of international institutions. Would develop a regional strategy to deal with North Korea. Wants stronger inspections of Iran and North Korea.

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Joseph Lieberman is the only Democrat to

consistently proclaim himself as being for

the war in Iraq, and has,

Education: Case Western Reserve U., B.A. 1973; M.A. 1973 Political Experience: Cleveland City Council, 1969-75, 1983; mayor of Cleveland, 1977-79; Ohio Senate, 1995- 97; U.S. House, 1997-present

Dennis Kucinich is a riches to rags to rich- es story. Cleveland s youngest mayor at 33, he became a local pariah after refus- ing to sell the city s electrical system and thus sending the city into bankruptcy. Now, 23 years later, he is running for the Presidency, seeing himself as a bold messenger who will say what others in his party will not. He is notable for being perhaps one of the first politicians to open- ly speak up against the war in Iraq, having done so over a year ago.

First priority: To get out of Iraq within 90 days, transferring authority to NATO.

On Abortion: Supports abortion rights. Would only nominate supporters of Roe v. Wade to the Supreme Court. Opposed partial-birth abortion ban

On Affirmative Action: Supports affirmative action.

On The Economy: Would propose withdrawing from NAFTA and the World Trade Organization. Wants to administer $50 billion in zero-interest loans every year to finance state infrastructure projects. Supports raising the federal mini- mum wage.

On Education: Vows to commit funds to undertake school construction and repair. Supports increased federal funding to schools to decrease class size. Wants to create universal college education, tuition-free. Opposes school vouchers.

On Gay Rights: Supports gay marriage. Thinks Federal law should protect civil unions. Believes same-sex couples should be treated as equal in the eyes of the law.

On Health Care: Favors universal health care through a single-payer system not tied to employment. Favors price caps on prescription drugs.

On Homeland Defense: Would create a Department of Peace, which would work domestically to make nonviolence an organizing principle.

On Iraq / War on Terror: Says the war in Iraq was wrong and counterproductive to winning war on terror. Promises to bring all U.S. troops home and get the

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have him falling further behind the pack.

First priority: Repeal Bush restrictions on stem cell research.

On Abortion: Supports abortion rights. Opposes ban on late-term abortions.

On Affirmative Action: Supports affirmative action. Opposes quotas. Wants to help states and schools construct constitutionally suitable affirmative action pro- grams.

On The Economy: Would seek to enact an investment tax credit. Supports encouraging companies to manufacture in the U.S. Wants to give smaller man- ufacturers access to capital.

On Education: Supports school voucher experimentation. Wants to fully fund the No Child Left Behind Act. Would increase tuition assistance for lower income families. Would seek to improve K-12 and college coordination.

On Gay Rights: Opposed to gay marriage. Would seek to extend benefits to partners of gay federal employees.

On Health Care: Supports creation of new $150 billion American Center for Cures, which would find cures for chronic illnesses. Would seek to expand the eligibility of the State Children's Health Insurance Program. Vows to get workers health care coverage regardless of work circumstances.

On Homeland Defense: Supports measures to provide $7.5 billion to local first responders for training and resources. Would allocate $7 billion over six years so local communities can hire more firefighters.

On Iraq / War on Terror: Believes in sending more troops and resources to Iraq. Wants to ask NATO to assume command of forces. Supports developing a process and a timetable for formation of permanent Iraqi government. Says there were extensive contacts between Saddam Hussein's government and Al Qaeda. Would demand that North Korea dispose of all nuclear weapons.

On Taxes: Thinks we should keep the middle class tax cuts in place. Wants to reset the top two income tax rates that were decreased. Pledges to repeal the dividend tax cut.

On The Environment / Energy: Supports measures to increase fuel efficiency. Wants to invest in clean-burning coal technologies. Would provide incentives for hybrid car purchases. Favors increasing renewable electricity output.

On Foreign Policy: Wants to increase foreign aid to Israel. Would fight nuclear proliferation. Favors encouraging economic and political reforms to Arab and

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U.N. in. Charges that the Bush administration

terrorism.

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civilians in the name of fighting

On Taxes: Would cancel tax cuts to the Americans at the top brackets. In favor of provide a payroll tax credit. Would work to close corporate loopholes. In favor of raising employers taxes to fund universal health care.

On The Environment / Energy: Favors strengthening environmental laws and increasing support of the Kyoto Treaty. Wants to reduce U.S. dependence on oil. Supports increased investment in alternative energy sources and increased penalties for polluters.

On Foreign Policy: Would create a Department of Peace and normalize rela- tions with Cuba. Wants to promote international cooperation and agreements and promote engagement with North Korea.

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Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Born: Oct. 3,1954 in Brooklyn, NY

Education: Tilden H.Sl; Attended Brooklyrn College Political Experience: Candidate for U.S. Senate, 1992 and 1994; Candidate for mayor of New York, 1997

New Yorkers are very familiar with Al Sharpton. He s ed a decade-long crusade against police abuses and brutality; mostly in our area. He plans to use his candi- dacy as a platform to galvanize minority voters, espe- cially in the southem and western U.S. He, like Clark, has skipped Iowa to focus on New Hampshire

First priority: To bring U.S. troops home and transfer control to the U.N.

ing jobs through infrastructure redevelopment.

On Education: Would add constitutional amendment guaranteeing high-quality education. Opposes school vouchers.

On Gay Rights: Supports gay marriage and same-sex domestic partnerships. Says gays should have the

same rights as everyone else.

On Health Care: Supports a constitutional amendment guaranteeing equal health care to all Americans. Wants a national, single-payer health insurance plan operated by the federal government.

On Homeland Defense: Says seaports are vulnerable due to structural decay and understaffing.

On Taxes:

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all the Bush tax

cuts and use much of the money to lower the deficit.

On The Environment / Energy: Favors developing alternative-energy vehicles such as electric and hybrid cars. Would raise fuel efficiency on vehicles. Supports a cap on carbon dioxide emissions.

On Abortion: Supports abortion rights. Opposes ban on partial-birth abortions.

On Affirmative Action: Supports affirmative action.

On The Economy: Would stimulate economy by creat-

On Iraq / War on Terror: Opposed the war in Iraq. Would submit a multilateral redevelopment plan for Iraq to the U.N. Would get more nations to help in Iraq. Would put more resources and military into the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Would investigate Saudi Arabia's

On Foreign Policy: Would try to repair relationships with allies. Would work with the U.N. Supports aid to devel- oping countries. Advocates engagement with North Korea.

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